How Tyrants Get People to Give Them Power

History has discernible patterns.

As an example, this is John Ponet writing in the year 1556. He’s talking about William the Conqueror in 1066.

“He spoiled the nobility of their goods and possessions, made them slaves, and his own slaves lords: and upon the commoners he put immense taxes and impositions. He took from the people their weapons and harness, and made a…